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Have You Experienced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Have You Experienced the Filling of the Holy Spirit?

Do you have the fellowship of the Holy Spirit?

تعميد روح القدس

تعميد روح القدس يک تجربه مافوق الطبيعه است که هر ايمانداری برای اينکه بتواند شاهد مسيح باشد می بايد تجربه کند وبه اين خاطر در خيلی مواقع با خود نشانه های غير طبيعی به همراه دارد .تعميد روح القدس ما را به بدن مسيح پيوند می زند .کلام خدا در اين باره می گويد :+ زيرا که جميع به يک روح در يک بدن تعميد يافتيم ...;(اول قرنتيان 12 : 13)

The Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Speaking GiftsServing GiftsSign Gifts
Speaking in Tongues
Interpretation of Tongues
"Spiritual Gifts" are special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to the followers of Jesus Christ to help the church (the "body" of Christ - each other). There are different kinds of Spiritual Gifts, but only the Holy Spirit is the source (I Corinthians 12).

The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit


The term "baptism of the Spirit" occurs in only 6 places in the Bible: Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13. Yet this phrase has created a great deal of controversy and division among Christians.

  1. Pentecostals make all references to the "baptism of the Spirit" refer to a postconversion (after conversion) pouring forth of the Spirit. They talk about the "baptism of the Spirit" as being a "second experience" following salvation.

    The Biblical evidence they usually point to are passages from the book of Acts: Acts 2:1-4; 8:13-17; 19:1-6.

  2. Non-charismatics tend to make all New Testament references to the "baptism of the Spirit" refer to the receiving of the Spirit at conversion. They say that the "baptism of the Spirit" is the same thing as the sealing of the Spirit talked about in other places of the New Testament.

    The Biblical evidence they point to is: 1 Corinthians 12:13 where Paul says that all of the Corinthians became members of Christ's body when they were baptized by the Spirit.

  3. Some Christians believe it is wrong to adopt either of the above extremes. They are convinced that "baptism of the Spirit" is a term which means any pouring out of the Spirit at any time in the life of a believer.

The study of the Bible tells us that the terms "baptism of the Spirit," "drinking of the Spirit," "pouring out of the Spirit," "Spirit coming upon you," "clothed with power" and "filling of the Spirit" are all synonyms -- they describe the same experience.

Since every Christian receives the Holy Spirit at conversion, all Christians have been baptized by the Spirit -- just as the non-charismatics say. But it is just as true that there are subsequent baptisms of the Spirit in the lives of Christians -- just as the Pentecostals affirm.

This view is not new or novel. It has been held in past centuries and is presently held by other teachers of the Scriptures. The English and American Puritans, for example, took the term "baptism of the Holy Spirit" to mean "effusion in the Spirit" or "inundation in the Spirit" and felt free to pray for revival with the words: "Oh, baptize us afresh with thy Holy Spirit." Present day theologian Ian Murray (see his article entitled "Baptism with the Spirit: What Is the Scriptural Meaning?" Banner of Truth Magazine 127, April 1974, pp. 5-22) and D. A. Carson, professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (see his book Exegetical Fallacies, pp.46-47) also hold this view. One of our dear Christian brothers calls the "baptism of the Spirit," the "embrace of the Spirit." That's not far off the mark.

Test this view for yourself. Read Acts 1 & 2 and note how the term "baptism of the Spirit" is used interchangeably with other terms:

  • "baptism with the Spirit" 1:5
  • "Holy Spirit comes on you" 1:8
  • "filled with the Holy Spirit" 2:4
  • "pour out my Spirit" 2:17
  • "poured out" 2:33

The best understanding of the baptism of the Spirit is, in the opinion of this church, that it is an outpouring of God's Spirit which can occur many times. So should we seek a "second experience?" Absolutely. And a third, and a fourth and . . . . We need special outpourings of God's Spirit many times in our lives.

  1. Peter is an example of repeated baptisms of the Spirit:

    Peter was one of the twelve apostles. On one occasion Jesus sent out the twelve apostles and gave them authority to cast out demons and to heal people (Mark 6:7-13). Although the Bible doesn't specifically say, it seems reasonable to assume that the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit so that they could perform these miracles. How else could they have done these things?

    Following Christ's resurrection, Christ appeared to the disciples. Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:22). The apostle Peter was among that group that "received the Holy Spirit" at this time. Was this the first time that Peter received the Holy Spirit or did he receive the supernatural pouring forth of the Spirit again?

    Fifty days later on the day of Pentecost, Peter was "filled" (Acts 2:4) and "baptized with the Spirit" (Acts 1:5) along with 119 other people. Is this Peter's first, second, or third experience with the Holy Spirit? You decide.

    Some weeks later Peter was arrested for evangelizing. A trial was held and the Bible tells us that when Peter spoke to the Jewish leaders he was again "filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 4:8).

    After being warned by the Jews not to proclaim the gospel again, Peter was released. He went back to the church and reported all that the priests and elders had said to them. The church prayed together. Then Acts 4:31 tells us: "After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken and they (including Peter) were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly."


What Was the Sign of the Pouring Out of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts?

This was the first question we asked as we sat down to study the signs of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We looked up each of the references which talked about receiving the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts and identified how the Holy Spirit manifested Himself. The results of our study are listed below, but look up the references and check for yourself what signs accompanied the reception of God's Spirit.

Receiving of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

Scripture Place Evangelist Receiver What Received What Sign or Result
2:1-4 Jerusalem none Disciples Holy Spirit Wind, fire, tongues, prophecy
2:38 Jerusalem Peter & apostles Jews Salvation & Holy Spirit Unknown
4:8 Jerusalem none Peter Holy Spirit Persuasive speech
4:31 Jerusalem Peter & John Jewish believers Holy Spirit Evangelistic boldness
6:5,10 Jerusalem none Stephen Holy Spirit Persuasive speech
7:55 Jerusalem none Stephen Holy Spirit Vision of Jesus
8:14-18 Samaria Philip, Peter, John Samaritans Holy Spirit Something? (see v.18)
9:17-19 Damascus Ananias Paul Salvation & Holy Spirit Healing of eyes
10:44-48 Caesarea Peter "God-fearers" Salvation & Holy Spirit Tongues & praising God
13:52 Antioch Barnabas & Paul Gentiles Holy Spirit Joy (?)
19:1-7 Ephesus Paul Disciples of John the Baptist Holy Spirit Tongues & prophecy

The conclusion we came to was that there is no one sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. There are many different signs of the outpouring of the Spirit in the book of Acts.

In addition to the book of Acts, we looked for other results and signs of the filling of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Passages such Luke 1:41-45 and 1:67 give examples of people "filled with the Spirit" with the result that they prophesied. Old Testament examples of being "filled with the Holy Spirit" show the results of prophesy (Numbers 11:25), leadership (Judges 3:10), and supernatural strength (Judges 14:6), to name just a few examples. And again back in the New Testament, Ephesians 5 mentions other consequences of Holy Spirit's filling . . .

Ephesians 5:18-21 reads this way: "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God."

The interesting thing about this passage is that the Greek language clearly shows that the things which follow in verse 19-21 are results or consequences which come from being "filled with the Spirit." There are three results mentioned:

  1. speaking to one another and the Lord in song,

  2. giving thanks to God,

  3. submitting to one another.

So these are three other results that should be added to our list of possible signs of being filled with the Spirit.

Generally Accepted Conclusion From The Study of Scripture:

There is no one sign of the receiving of the Spirit. Sometimes tongues appear as a sign that people have been baptized by the Spirit. Other times: boldness in evangelism, prophecy, joy, thankfulness, submission, or musical praise. Why do we need to make a choice of just one?

It seems that a truly Biblical view is to see the baptism of the Spirit as being any outpouring of the Holy Spirit and to accept any and all of the above manifestations as possible signs of the pouring out of God's Spirit on His people.

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